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September 2015

Prepare to #BeEpic 960 640 huynhr

Prepare to #BeEpic

By Blaze Lovell and Bianca Cseke

With school, work, a social life (does anyone even have those anymore?), and family (unless you left them back home) taking up most of your time, it may be hard to keep track of all those extracurricular activities you took up this semester.

To help you out, here are some tips on our resources that will help you always stay up-to-date with UNLV DECA:

1.) Email. Subscribe to DECA Direct emails to see what DECA is doing nationwide. UNLV DECA’s emails may end up in your spam folder, so if you haven’t seen anything from us in your inbox, the spam folder would be a good place to check. After, add to your contact list and remove the messages from spam so they aren’t deleted. If any email requires a response, please respond promptly. Our team can get very busy, so your speed will help us tremendously.

2.) If you wake up early in the morning, telling yourself you’ll do homework but hop on Facebook instead, then spend that time judiciously and check UNLV DECA’s page for any updates. Like our Facebook page, then go to your preferences by clicking the gear icon on your newsfeed. Go to “Prioritize Who to See First” and find UNLV DECA. This will make it easier for you to see what’s happening in our organization. Then, you can go finish that 10-page aper you procrastinated on.

3.) If you haven’t synced your Google Calendar with our’s yet, be sure to do so. Instructions on how to do that can be found at

4.) Read our blog on We’ll post tips, news, and other cool stuff every week to help you #BeEpic. Posts generally will be shared on social media, but head over to our website every Sunday if you want to be the first to be in-the know.

5.) Now that you’re caught up-to-date with all of UNLV DECA’s events, and hopefully caught up on your homework, your last task is to prepare for the unexpected. You’ll never know who you’ll meet or what opportunities will arise. Keep your UNLV DECA shirt clean and your lapel pin ready with a nice set of professional attire thrown in for good measure. You won’t know when it’s time to #BeEpic.

UNLV DECA members attend recording of The Voice 960 540 huynhr

UNLV DECA members attend recording of The Voice

By Bonnie Lei

Members of UNLV DECA were given the opportunity to compete in a Shark Tank-style competition hosted by UNLV DECA. Competitors were tasked with creating a brief marketing plan along with developing a pitch that would secure funds from investors to bring Kona Ice, a shave ice company, onto the UNLV campus. For teams that made it to the finals,the prizes included a $50 prize, an additional $50 for “The People’s Choice Award,” an extra $200 for the first place team, and a trip to attend a recording of The Voice.

Five teams were given one week to create and present their plan to a panel of judges. Of the five teams, three advanced to the final round. During preparation for the final round, the three teams had two days to improve and finalize their presentation and propose their business plan in front of a panel of judges and an audience of high school Nevada DECA members, who chose the recipient of “The People’s Choice Award.”

Andrea DeBrino, Christian Perez, Daniel Yankov Dinev, Olivia Crick, Bonnie Lei, Armandt Lance Sacramento, Rochelle Mae Ruiz, and April Carillo were invited to watch the recording of The Voice on August 11, 2015.

Ruiz, Lei, Sacramento, and DeBrino watched contestants of the Voice in the battle round compete to get into the next round. The contestants sang a song in pairs to battle against each other. One contestant in each pair had to impress their coach, Christina Aguilera, Pharrell Williams, Blake Shelton or Adam Levine, enough to move on to the next round. If the contestant was not chosen as the winner of the round, other coaches had the opportunity to steal the contestant. If no coach stole them, the contestant would go home.

In addition to watching the Voice, Ruiz, and Lei spent an extra day exploring Los Angeles, California with Nicholas and Randolph Huynh, UNLV DECA’s vice president of technology and president. Instead of booking a hotel room, they booked a room through Airbnb, a lodging rentals website, for the first time. Through the experience, they learned that hotel rooms are not the only method for living for a day.

The group explored Los Angeles and visited Santa Monica beach for a few hours before driving back to Las Vegas, Nevada.

Never miss an event again 150 150 huynhr

Never miss an event again

By Blaze Lovell

It’s a new year with more opportunities to #BeEpic. UNLV DECA has some great events planned for its members. To stay up to date with that is going on in the organization, you should sync your Google calendar with UNLV DECA’s. Here’s a quick guide on how to do just that:

  1. Log in to your Google account.
  2. Click on the drop down screen in the upper right hand corner and head to calendar.
  3. On the left side, click on “Other Calendars” and type in into the space below and hit Enter. The calendar should automatically sync.
  4. Need to know what’s happening while on the go? Log in to your Google account on your smartphone’s web browser and click on calendar in the drop down menu.
  5. You’ll be taken to a mobile version of the same calendar!